Report suggests why Nikola Vukcevic snubbed Nottingham Forest move

Nottingham Forest fans gesture during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on May 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Ambitious Championship contenders Nottingham Forest made an 'attractive' offer to sign Levante new boy Nikola Vukcevic, according to reports

Braga midfielder Nikola Vukcevic from Montenegro during the match between Vitoria de Setubal FC and SC Braga for the Portuguese League Cup at Estadio do Bonfim on December 22, 2017 in...

So after weeks of speculation, Nikola Vukcevic will not be a Nottingham Forest player after all.

The Montenegrin midfielder impressed in the Primeira Liga last season with SC Braga and has been linked with a move to the City Ground since late June. But after five years in Portugal, it seems he will be making the short trip to their Iberian neighbours, Spain.

 

Levate are understood to have all-but completed a move for Vukcevic, which is understood to cost around £7.5 million. The 26-year-old will be a direct replacement for Jefferson Lerma, the Colombia international who joined Bournemouth for £25 million earlier in the week.

Record adds, however, that Nottingham Forest made an attractive offer for a player who collected 10 yellow cards in 30 league starts last season.

Nikola Vukcevic of SC Braga looks onduring the Pre-season friendly match between Sporting Braga and Celta de Vigo at the Estadio AXA on July 27, 2018 in Braga, Portugal.

But the fact that Levante are playing first division football appeared to give them the edge over Forest, who are now ‘celebrating’ 20 years outside of the Premier League.

It is suggested that Vukcevic did not want to play for a club in the second tier. Though with Forest spending big and cosying up with Jorge Mendes in order to follow in Wolves’ footsteps, it will be interesting to see which division they find themselves in one year from now.

Nikola Vukcevic of SC Braga competes for the ball with Luiz Gustavo of Marseille during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Sporting Braga and Marseille at the Estadio Municipal...

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